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Luigi Moltrasio

Luigi Moltrasio was born in Rovellasca (Como), on January 17, 1928.

Luigi Moltrasio is first from left standing. Source Wikipedia

His first clubs were his hometown Rovellasca and Esperia from Como.


In 1949 he joined Crema in Serie C and the Cremini finished 3rd.


In 1950 he moved back to Como in Serie A. The manager was Mario Varglen and the Lariani finished 8th. Moltrasio played 3 league games.


In 1951-52 he played for Salernitana in Serie B. The manager was Austrian Rodolphe Hiden and the Granata finished 8th. Moltrasio played 31 league games with 3 goals (Livorno x2, Siracusa). His teammates included former Lazio Costantino De Andreis (1944-49).


In 1952 Moltrasio joined Torino in Serie A. He stayed four seasons. The first was with Roberto Copernico until January and then Jesse Carver, and Toro finished 10th. Moltrasio played 30 league games with 4 goals (Juventus, Palermo, Fiorentina, Roma). His teammates included former Lazio Vittorio Sentimenti III (1949-52) and, future Lazio, Giovanni Molino (1955-61).


In 1953-54 Carver stayed until late October and then was replaced by Annibale Frossi. Torino finished 9th and Moltrasio played 30 league games with 5 goals (Milan, Novara, Triestina, Palermo, Fiorentina). His teammates included former Lazio Lelio Antoniotti (1951-53) and, future Lazio, Carlo Tagnin (1958-59).


In 1954-55 Frossi stayed on and the Granata finished 9th. Moltrasio played 27 league games with 1 goal (Pro Patria). His teammates included Lazio legend Bob Lovati (1955-1985) and future World Cup winning manager Enzo Bearzot. It was in this period that Moltrasio was called up for the Italy squad.


In his last season in Turin the manager was still Frossi and "Il Toro" finished 11th. Moltrasio played 24 league games and scored 1 goal (Milan).


In 1956 he joined Lazio. He stayed three seasons. In the first the manager was Jesse Carver and Lazio finished 3rd. Moltrasio played 29 league games and scored 1 goal (Juventus).


In 1957-58 the manager was first Milovan Ćirić and then from the 20th game onwards Alfredo Monza. Lazio finished 12th but won the return derby 2-1. Moltrasio played 9 league games with 2 goals (Alessandria, Asti Atalanta). His season was heavily hindered by a serious knee injury for which he was operated on. In the summer, under Fulvio Bernardini, Lazio won their first historic silverware beating Fiorentina 1-0 in the Coppa Italia final in September.


In 1958-59 Bernardini stayed on and Lazio finished 11th. Moltrasio only played 1 league game, still recovering from the surgery.


In 1959 he moved to Switzerland and played one last season with Young Fellows from Zurich.


He then retired at 32.


He earned three caps for Italy in 1954-55, playing in three friendlies against Argentina, Belgium and West Germany.


Moltrasio was a strong midfielder. At 1.84 and 82 kilos he based a lot of his game on his physical prowess. He also had a powerful shot and read the game well. He played 154 games in Serie A with 14 goals.


At Lazio he had a good first season but was then held back by injury. His name is however in the squad list that won Lazio’s first ever trophy, the 1958 Coppa Italia.


He died in Genoa on March 27, 1990.

Lazio Career


Serie A Appearances

Serie A Goals















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